Starehe MP Charles Kanyi alias Jaguar says a March 9 unity pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga inspired him to reach out to his Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino, who, for a while now, has been deemed to be his nemesis.
The two MPs fell out in October, 2017 after Babu Owino reportedly insulted President Uhuru Kenyatta, resulting in a physical fight between Jaguar and Owino.
“I knew Babu Owino way before I joined politics. We were good friends, and we’d never had a reason to fight before the October, 2017 confrontation,” Jaguar told eDaily.
“If anything, I wasn’t going to beat Owino up, when I approached him on October 10, 2017 at Parliament Buildings. I just wanted to know why he had abused President Uhuru Kenyatta. And when I posed that question to him, he snapped and started shouting at me, saying there was nothing I could do to him. It is then that our confrontation turned physical,” said Jaguar.
“Though, we have now made peace with each other and vow to work together for the sake of our constituents and respective legacies.
“Starehe constituency is made up of 40 per cent Nasa supporters and 60 per cent Jubilee supporters, and the vice versa is true for Embakasi East. Babu and I realised what the youth in our respective constituencies care about is availability of employment opportunities and a conducive environment for business – and not political sideshows,” said Jaguar.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga showed us that peace is a necessary ingredient for development and we want to go that way,” said Jaguar.
Babu Owino, on the other hand, say he and Jaguar called a truce in the spirit of forgiveness.
“The Raila-Uhuru truce also prompted our decision to reach out to each other,” Mr Owino told eDaily.
Pictures of the two legislators hugging and laughing at the Parliament Buildings on Monday, March 13 have gone viral online.